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  • Nature Sustainability is five. We reflect on what we have achieved so far and our ambitions going forward.

    Editorial
  • Sustainably addressing the water needs of populations in countries lacking adequate infrastructure is challenging. We discuss the potential of decentralized water and wastewater treatment using electrified processes across Latin American countries and reflect on what would help their implementation in the region.

    • Alexsandro J. dos Santos
    • Haruna L. Barazorda-Ccahuana
    • Sergi Garcia-Segura
    Comment
  • The healthy watersheds concept links ecosystem condition with human benefits and helps decision-makers evaluate trade-offs. Implementation requires letting go of technocratic approaches, accounting for ecosystem services, embracing watersheds’ complexity and supporting participatory processes and subsidiarity.

    • Derek Vollmer
    • Robin Abell
    • Nicholas Souter
    Comment
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage, a fundamental process to a sustainable future, relies on a suite of technologies among which electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide is essential. Here, we discuss the issues faced when reporting performance of this technology and recommend how to move forward at both materials and device levels.

    • Brian Seger
    • Marc Robert
    • Feng Jiao
    Comment
  • Herman Daly, one of the founders of ecological economics, has died at the age of 84. His work questioning the pursuit of economic growth, and articulating the alternative of a steady-state economy, has been foundational to sustainability science.

    • Daniel W. O’Neill
    Obituary
  • Restoring the connection between people and the rest of nature hinges on whole-system science, actions and negotiations.

    Editorial
  • Julie Zimmerman takes a complete systems-thinking approach towards lowering consumption of non-renewable resources and the technological approaches to get there. As professor of chemical and environmental engineering, environment, and epidemiology at Yale University, she is taking green chemistry to new levels.

    • Lisa Palmer
    Q&A
  • Our planet is rapidly urbanizing. Research has recognized the complexity of city-driven dynamics, but our political realities have yet to catch up. A new narrative of sustainable urban development must become central to global policymaking to help humanity respond to the most pressing social and environmental challenges.

    • Michael Keith
    • Eugenie Birch
    • Martin van der Pütten
    Comment
  • As the pace of global change quickens, traditional means of data collection may fall short in monitoring its impacts. To ensure a sustainable future, we need all hands on deck in observing our changing planet.

    Editorial
  • Citizen science efforts are instrumental in monitoring our progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Dilek Fraisl, Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and Omar Seidu, Director of Social and Demographic Statistics and the SDGs Coordinator at the Ghana Statistical Service, discuss how Ghana successfully integrated citizen science data into its official monitoring of marine plastic debris.

    • Stephanie M. Olen
    Q&A
  • Margot Wallström, former European Commissioner for the Environment and former Foreign Secretary of Sweden, led an international expert panel at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute to study the intertwined risks of global environmental crises and conflict.

    • Lisa Palmer
    Q&A
  • Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary is an associate professor of economics at the school of global studies of Tokai University in Japan and vice-president and co-founder of the International Society for Energy Transition Studies based in Australia. He talks about bringing private investment to sustainability projects.

    • Lisa Palmer
    Q&A
  • The unfolding energy crisis will have dramatic consequences in many parts of the world, for both people and the planet. Governments should keep that in mind when deciding what to do.

    Editorial
  • The provision of good healthcare is one of the top priorities of modern societies. Experts are urging decision-makers to ensure that healthcare is delivered sustainably.

    Editorial
  • Mounting evidence of the effect of pollution on human health is shaping the field of sustainability in clinical care. Jodi Sherman, MD and associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health, explains that healthcare pollution harms public health, is underappreciated and escapes oversight of health services.

    • Lisa Palmer
    Q&A
  • The anniversary of a historic publication provides the chance to reflect on how we consider limits and on the value of cross-fertilization between research traditions.

    Editorial